Website Updated on 19/04/2024

All Course information on these pages is the 2024 program.  Members who have not enrolled but now want to, need to both  enroll for the new courses, and contact each group's coordinator to ask if they might join.

The April 2024 Newsletter is available on the Newsletters /  Historical Newsletters page and also the 2024 Full Course Details (20 pages) and the Summary of Courses (4 pages) if you wish to read or print them.  The Financial Audit is also available here.

 The 2024 AGM was held Monday 15th January 2024, at 12 Noon.
The "Contact Us" page has the new Committee Members contacts.

Computer Chatter - This month  now meeting on Wednesday 24th April at Tawa Union Church - combined meeting with Science Group

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Pauline Gallagher

With much regret we report the passing, on 1 April, of Pauline Gallagher who was for almost three years our valued Membership Secretary.  Both she and her late husband Patrick had been keen and diligent members for several years.

Pauline was the star actress of the U3A (reading) drama group Drama & Voice Art, the leader of the New Books in the Library course and an enthusiastic contributor to the Current Affairs group.  

When lockdown came four years ago Pauline quickly signed up to a Zoom licence. The group then was about 14 people; mainly somewhat older ones living alone and lockdown sorely had disrupted their community lives. The day they saw each other again on (mainly cellphone) screens using Zoom to discuss the various books, some of the group were immediately moved to tears. That experiment was a huge success.

The loss of Patrick two years ago was a huge blow and it marked the start of a very challenging period in Pauline’s health. Nonetheless she soldiered on with her courses and was forever upbeat in difficult times. Her book group increased in popularity and the range of subjects it examined continued to be impressive. It was not till the end of the year that Pauline went into care having relinquished the Membership Secretary role three or so months earlier.  

U3A members continued to visit her on a regular basis and she was much bucked up by that.  Despite many painful afflictions Pauline always remained stoically cheerful telling potential visitors, via her family, to come along. “She loves a visit” was the constant message.

Pauline was a very brave lady. She, and her intellectual and organisational talents, will be hugely missed by an organization that owes her much.

Useful Information on Migration from .. AND .. Pension Increases in April

Spark are going to charge you who have an email address at

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Tawa u3a Constitution Documents

There was a meeting in the Boardroom of Tawa Community Centre on April 16th  for everyone who wished to discuss this version.

A .pdf version  is now available  on the Newsletters page. while the   .doc version is available by clicking "Constitution" below.


Writing Group Articles   Updated 31/3/24

This  Month's Feature Stories:  Like Water
She said our lives could never meld
We were like oil and water
She led me down a stony path
Like a lamb to slaughter.
                 (click on the "click here" ... below, for the rest of the poem)

Older stories:  Seven Reasons Bucket List; Paris Fashions; Italian Republic Day;  Stones;  A Sense of Place  - Lola Gudsell;  I Couldn't Believe He Would Say That -Brian Brasell;  A Challenge; Carpets and Holy Sox;  Birds by Barbara Boivin; Cities; A Saga;  When I Grow Up; The Storm; Padma -about my life; Educating the Neighbours (and Others) – by Ainsley;  I'm Not Dead Yet ; One ANZAC Day; Leaving ; Epidemic of Love ; Book Published

Poetry:  Where is My Land;  When I was Young

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Hiking for Fitness and Health   (updated 8/1/24)

U3A members are invited to join an established local hiking group to maintain fitness, health and wellbeing. A medium fitness level is required. We meet at Tawa Rugby Club on Thursdays at 9am, for departure 9.20am. A koha is given to the drivers of vehicles each week.

We hike anywhere in the Wellington region and all are lunch hikes. An email as to where we are going, is sent out by the Group leader on the Wednesday prior to the hike, and their choice of hike is based on weather conditions etc. You will need standard hiking gear plus walking poles if you use them, plus morning tea, lunch and water.

This is a well organized and friendly group.

U3A Contact Allan Johnson    0211381233

Recycling Items
The Tawa Lions are running a recycling project.  You may like to contribute.

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Welcome to Tawa U3A

Tawa U3A is a group of people who are free during the day to gather for activities of interest.

We organise courses to teach subjects of interest like Art , Ancestry or Ukulele.

There are Discussion groups where you can express your point of view, and games both indoor and outdoor.

Talks are arranged on topics of interest like Health, History or Travel. We cooperate with other U3A groups and share sessions.

All up, we offer more than 40 learning and social opportunities at minimal cost.

You are certain to find some things that are of interest to you.  


You can email to any committee members on the "Contact Us" page

How to join U3A

Joining U3A Tawa can be done with a minimum of fuss. An easy way is to ring or email one of our Committee members whose names and contacts appear in the Contact Us page of this site.  You can also use our ENROL page or contact info email at the bottom of this page. The bank account numbers for paying the annual sub are also in the Contact Us page or you can pay to a Committee member. We look forward to hearing from you soon. Welcome to U3A Tawa.

You become a member of U3A Tawa by informing us of your name, address, phone number (and email if you have one) and paying the annual subscription.  You can cease being a member either by asking us to remove your name from our list or by not paying the subscription before May each year.

Coming up in the next seven days...

Monday, 22 April 2024
10:00am - Books2 [BK2] RUNS ALL YEAR - Member's home
1:15pm - 2:30pm - Choir [CHR] (U3A Singers) RUNS ALL YEAR - Tawa Union Church
9:30am - 11:30am - Meccano [MEC] RUNS ALL YEAR - Member's home
Tuesday, 23 April 2024
1:00pm - 2:30pm - Write It! (WIT) RUNS ALL YEAR - Tawa Community Centre, Boardroom entrance
9:00am - Tawa- Linden Walkers [TLW] RUNS ALL YEAR - Meet at Tawa Junction, Wellington Beds end of car park
Wednesday, 24 April 2024
10:30am - 11:30am - Play-Reading [PLR] FIRST SEMESTER ONLY - Tawa Community Centre
10:00am - 11:30am - Science, Technology & Us (SCI) RUNS ALL YEAR - Tawa Union Church Hall
10:00am - Computer Chatter [CMP] RUNS ALL YEAR - Tawa Union Church Lounge from April
Thursday, 25 April 2024
10:00am - 12:00pm - Art Group [ART] RUNS ALL YEAR - Tawa Community Centre
10:00am - Ramblers [RBS] RUNS ALL YEAR - Meet at Davies Street/Luckie Street car-park
9:30am - 11:30am - Table Tennis [TTN] RUNS ALL YEAR - Tawa Community Centre Hall
Friday, 26 April 2024
10:00am - Scrabble (jointly with Mana U3A) PLEASE DO NOT ENROL ONLINE - Members' homes
10:00am - 12:00pm - Scrap-Booking / Cards [SCB] RUNS ALL YEAR - Tawa Community Centre
1:00pm - 2:30pm - Ukulele Strum [UKU] RUNS ALL YEAR - Tawa Community Centre
10:00am - 11:00am - Tai Chi [TCM] Jointly with Mana U3A - Tawa Union Church Hall
10:00am - 12:00pm - Petanque [PET] RUNS ALL YEAR - Aotea Lagoon
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